Chester Arts Club meets

Chester Arts Club held the regular monthly meeting on Nov. 16 at Crickster’s Family Restaurant in Chester. (Submitted photo)

CHESTER — Chester Arts Club held the regular monthly meeting on Nov. 16 at Crickster’s Family Restaurant in Chester. President Joanna Hobbs welcomed the membership.

Donna Stevens read a poem remembering Veterans’ Day and lead Grace before lunch was served.

Secretary Kitty Binkowski read the minutes of the October meeting.

Mary Ann Wright presented the treasurer’s report. Thank you notes from Linda Clark, director of the Lynn Memorial Library for the $100 donation and from Patty Barnebei of NEVER Alone for $100.

Willie Balt reported the wood snowmen were installed in the flower planters along Carolina Ave. and at the front of the Chester City Building. She has two sources for pine boughs and received some funds for additional decorations. She further reported that lights have been installed at the Virginia Garden Gazebo, Welcome to Chester sign and social organizations’ sign.

A community Christmas tree is located in the City Building.

Marlene Flemming reported the Chester Arts Club will sponsor a community Christmas tree located in Cricksters’ Family Restaurant for donations to the Veterans’ Home in Barboursville, W.Va. the tree was erected, decorated and ready for donations Nov. 25.

Wright reported that arrangements are made to have a vendor’s table 10 am. to noon at the City Park and noon to 3 p.m. at the Chester Volunteer Fire Department. The ladies are offering raffle tickets $1 each or 6/$5 for a table top decorative Christmas tree having over $275 worth of gift cards for local merchants and restaurants.

The next meeting will be a Christmas celebration with a covered dish luncheon on Dec. 15. Additionally, members will each donate $5 for the local FISH project.

Discussion then ensued that Cricksters’ Family Restaurant requires a minimal of 10 customers to permit use of the private room.

Balt suggested the Club hire Lanetti’s Garden Center to professionally trim and landscape the trees of the Richmond Garden behind the Chester City Building. The motion was made and approved by the membership to get a financial estimate of the costs.

Chester Trinity Presbyterian Church will initiate an after school program in January 2017. Beverly Stevens will find what kind of donation the Arts Club can make for this project.

President Hobbs asked for any additional old and new business. The meeting was then adjourned.

Anyone wishing to join the Chester Arts Club should contact President  Hobbs at 304-564-5819.